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Hand licking habit in 3 year old - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Growth and Development in Children
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Practicing since : 2005
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   my 3 yr old is constantly licking his hands as if there was something on it is this normal
User :   ive washed them and he still does it
Doctor :   Is he licking or sucking it?
User :   licking
Doctor :   Only a particular finger
Doctor :   or the whole hand?
User :   no particular one... whole hand
User :   fingers and all
Doctor :   Since when has he begun doing this?
User :   a week ago
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   this is called
Doctor :   Tic
User :   whats that
Doctor :   Usually at this age
Doctor :   toddlers acquire a habit like this
User :   so its iron defficency or anything
Doctor :   Yes you are rightly suspecting
Doctor :   A pediatrician willo evaluate his
Doctor :   Iron status
Doctor :   You have to keep trying methods to prevent him from doing it
User :   ok thank you so much
Doctor :   Like apply something spicy
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